Cougars fall to highly-ranked Williamstown

Mike Reisman ('13), Eastside Staff

Just eight days after suffering a devastating four point loss to the Shawnee Renegades, the Cherry Hill East football team took a drive down to Williamstown to face the undefeated Braves looking for a fourth win, one that would grant them playoff eligibility.  The Cougars fought hard against the 15th ranked team in the state, but unfortunately, they were unable to come out on top, losing by a score of 37-21.

From the start of the game, the Cougars would not be discouraged by Williamstown, coming back from a quick 7-0 deficit with a 90 yard kickoff return by Rob Taylor (’12), just a single play after the Williamstown touchdown.  A Mike Suli (’12) extra point would tie the game.

However, Williamstown would continue to show the Cougars their strength, getting two straight touchdowns in the second quarter, putting them up 21-7.  But East would stay in the game with the help of a Colin Roualet (’12) kickoff return, setting up the Cougars for a 35 yard touchdown pass from quarterback Jesse Gold (’12) to Rob Taylor the next play.  The touchdown, coupled with the extra point, cut the lead to seven points.

Despite East’s best efforts, Williamstown was simply too strong, scoring ten points by the fourth quarter, leaving the score 31-14 with just 12 minutes to play.  The Cougars would get within ten points with a Brian Regan (’12) 20 yard run and a field goal, but Williamstown would stretch the lead to 16 points with a 64 yard touchdown pass (missed extra point), making the score 37-21, a score that would not change.

East, now 3-3, will have a bye week allowing them to rest before visiting Lenape on Friday the 28th.